“Inside keeping the silence of peace at Parihaka”

This title of a lecture by Maata Wharehoka comes from her lived experience of Parihaka for more than thirty years, since she arrived, newly-married to one of the local people.  She has become one of their highly respected kuia. The occasion was  one of a series of lectures organised at the Auckland campus of the […]

Tanya’s Tale

Midwinter approaching. Cabin fever creeping up on me in the apartment.  Yearning to smell the sweet fragrance of the damp forest…so I contacted my old tramping friend, Steph, and we decided to take off to Maungatautari, near Arapuni, 3 hours drive south of Auckland.   www.sanctuarymountain.org.nz Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a remarkable mainland ecological island protected […]

Marks of Mana

Lisa Taouma is a film maker and TV website producer of great skill.   //www.nzonscreen.com/person/lisa-taouma Her recent film release, Marks of Mana, screened in the Doc Edge film festival, documents the involvement of women in Tatau, the art of tatooing, throughout the Pacific.  This is a beautiful film, showing women both giving and receiving tatau, […]

.SAME BUT DIFFERENT!

Another film worth seeing! A very feel-good film- funny, romantic and true- a real-life love story between two women – Rachel (Pakeha), and Nikki (Samoan)- the two have been together for some years now, and decided that their own story was a good one to make into a film, with two other great women playing […]

Memorable in May..

What a wealth of experiences and ideas we have shared during this last month… We’ve had new films released of special interest to people in Aotearoa, and the Auckland Writers’ Festival, as well as a particularly lovely autumn of long sunny days and lavish leaf fall….hope you enjoy some of these experiences and follow up […]

First, in film..

Merata Mita: How my mother decolonised the screen This is a superb film- profoundly moving, powerful and a worthy tribute to one of Aotearoa’s most remarkable women. We remember Merata’s film Mauri (the first feature film written and directed by a Maori woman), and some of her documentaries about the emergence of Maori sovereignty, Bastion […]

…then the Wit and Wisdom of Writers…

Kate Haworth is a great lecturer- warm, funny, thoroughly at ease with her content and abe to express ideas powerfully – with humour, and with diagrams, pictures and props. On the first night of Auckland Writers’ Festival Week she presented her ideas about the need for us to move , world-wide, towards Doughnut Economics. She […]

…and Closer to Home

Autumn in Grey Lynn is especially beautiful this year. A long period of fine weather, few windy days and even fewer rainy ones has encouraged a performance of leafy splendour in the streets- the avenues of plane trees, the tuliptrees and liquidambar, especially, have been flaunting their greengold, yellow and crimson leaves, leafprinting the footpaths, […]